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SEPTA’s new general manager gets to know system

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — SEPTA’s new general manager is planning to get a first-hand look at how user-friendly its fare card is. Leslie Richards already has a SEPTA Key card. But as the former PennDOT secretary gets familiar with her new job as SEPTA general manager, she says she’s going to give the fare card […]

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Philly Council starts with flurry of familiar-sounding bills

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia City Council has been back in session for one day and already has dozens of bills and resolutions before it.  Members wasted no time introducing legislation, much of it bills that died last session. Allan Domb is taking another run at getting his colleagues to agree to ask voters to […]

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Former Pa. Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell pleads guilty

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Former State Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell has pleaded guilty to theft and perjury charges in a negotiated plea deal that gives her three months in jail and eight-and-a-half months under house arrest.  Johnson-Harrell stepped down as a state representative in December after Attorney General Josh Shapiro accused her of stealing from a nonprofit […]

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Gritty under investigation after dad says mascot punched son

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia police are investigating claims that the person wearing the Flyers’ mascot costume physically assaulted a 13-year-old boy. The incident allegedly happened back in November at the Wells Fargo Center during a special team event and photo shoot. The boy’s father, Chris Greenwell, from Delaware, described the incident on Facebook Wednesday afternoon. […]

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New bishop appointed to lead Philadelphia Archdiocese

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Pope Francis has named Bishop Nelson Perez, leader of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio, as the new archbishop of Philadelphia.  The announcement came from the Vatican Thursday morning. Perez is no stranger to the archdiocese, its clergy and many parishioners across Philadelphia. He was ordained by Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua in […]

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City Council to open new terms with lots of legislation

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia City Council opens a new four year term Thursday and they plan to bolt out of the gate. A heavy agenda of resolutions and bill introductions is expected. Councilmember Allan Domb announced Tuesday that he plans to reintroduce a bill to cut the wage tax for low-income workers — a […]

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Police say 2 pipe bombs found in Caln Township

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Police are warning residents in Caln Township, Chester County to be alert after two pipe bombs were discovered a half a mile away from each other within two days. The first device was found at 14th Avenue and Olive Street but hadn’t been detonated.   According to police, a mail worker […]

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Census Bureau looking to hire thousands at competitive pay

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If you’re looking for a job, recruiters in Philadelphia and it’s surrounding counties are trying to fill thousands of temporary positions for the 2020 census count, and the pay could be enticing. You could make up to $27 an hour in Montgomery County and around $25 in Philadelphia if you fill […]

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SEPTA eliminates ‘A’ and ‘B’ trains on Market-Frankford Line

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — SEPTA is scrapping “A” and “B” stops on the Market-Frankford Line, starting next month.  Call it the “all local” line as SEPTA plans to eliminate skip stops on the El during rush hours. The change takes effect with the new SEPTA schedule coming out Feb. 23.  SEPTA’s assistant general manager for […]

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Route 15 trolleys to be replaced by buses for next 18 months

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Starting Sunday, buses will replace historic trolleys on SEPTA’s Route 15 line, which spans from Port Richmond to West Philadelphia.  The trolleys will go offline for 18 months while they undergo maintenance and evaluation. Sixty-two-year-old Roger Jones of West Philadelphia was waiting for the Route 15 trolley Wednesday at Girard Avenue […]